Browsing Archive June, 2009

Kenwood DNX-9140 In-Dash GPS Navigation

DNX9140By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

If you are on the lookout for a fabulous in-dash navigation receiver, the Kenwood eXcelon DNX-9140 is a great choice! When it comes to car stereos, this in-dash DVD/CD/MP3 receiver is at the top of the list. Featuring a 6.95” touchscreen, this car stereo has a sleek faceplate design exempt of the customary cluster of buttons and knobs. Navigating through a car stereo’s menu options has never been easier. Of course, the ridiculously advanced voice command feature means you probably won’t even want to touch dial. You can use either to make hands-free phone calls with the built-in Bluetooth technology by Parrot. And that’s only barely tapping into this stereo’s “wow” factor.

You can operate the DNX-9140 just by talking to it. With technology like that, even Batman would be envious of this head unit. Imagine getting GPS navigation directions without typing an address. How about finding a song on your iPod without thumbing through your entire music library? Or audibly telling your stereo to switch from the radio to playing your iPod? The voice command software lets you do all of the above. The ultra thin microphone uses noise cancellation technology to allow you to clearly relay your commands, even on the road. This ultimate hands-free device is a must if you are looking for a smarter, safer way to drive.

As mentioned in the intro, this Kenwood stereo has integrated Parrot Bluetooth technology. This outstanding hands-free interface is compatible with most cell phones, and even smartphones like the iPod and BlackBerry. The stereo will mute the volume as a call is dialed in. Upon answering your call, the caller’s voice feeds into your stereo speakers. You will not have to hold any phones or fumble with any wires as the Bluetooth microphone will pick up your voice while you drive. Another Jetsons-like feature is the Bluetooth music streaming technology, which allows you to stream music from any Bluetooth phone or laptop without connecting any wires. This would even leave George Jetson impressed!

With all of the above mentioned, naturally there must be some kind of weakness that has been overlooked, right? What about the GPS navigation feature? Thanks for asking. The built-in GPS navigation is designed by one of the finest providers of navigation software, the Garmin navigation company. As a result, you get an extremely accurate system that will not lag while loading points of interest, new addresses and alternative routes. It is MSN Direct and TMC Traffic ready, meaning you can add on these extremely useful data software programs for all of the latest traffic updates. For your safety, this unit is engaged with roadside assistance, a big help in times of emergency.

The fun doesn’t stop there either. You can connect your iPod or iPhone through the optional Kenwood KCA-IP301V iPod adapter. The DNX-9140 also offers two rear USB inputs, perfect for connecting portable MP3 players or thumb drives. It is also compatible with a rear backup camera and steering wheel interface for retaining your vehicle’s factory steering wheel controls. Though adding a HD radio tuner or satellite radio tuner may seem like overkill at this point, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the DNX-9140 is also fully compatible with both of these expandability options. Besides, it doesn’t get much better than a motorized touchscreen unit with tons of expandability options. By the way, if you’re just not a touchscreen type of person, you can control the entire operation with the wireless remote.

Of course, all of the options in the world don’t mean much if the sound quality is poor. Not to worry, this deck features a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter to ensure clear sound whether you are playing songs from a CD, MP3 CD, iPod or other portable music player. The built-in 13-band equalizer gives you total control over the various sound settings. This stereo also includes 9 preset tone curves for preserving your favorite sound settings.

Kenwood knows car stereos as it is, and they made a shrewd decision to involve experts on Bluetooth (Parrot) and navigation (Garmin) to help create this one of a kind mega stereo. This all-around unit lives up to its billing and is truly at the top of its class.

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JVC KD-AVX77 Video Review

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Check out the latest JVC KD-AVX77 video on the Sonic Electronix YouTube Channel, SonicElectronixTV. In response to your requests, Sonic Electronix TV host Seth Wilde has developed another informative JVC KD-AVX77 video for your viewing pleasure. If you missed the first KD-AVX77 video, you can access it at the JVC KD-AVX77 item page’s Video Review link or on our YouTube channel.

This video guides you through the DVD and iPod video playback features of this incredible head unit. Highlights include the proximity sensor functionality, which brings up menu buttons as your fingers draw closer to the screen. In this video you will see how the proximity sensors responds to Wilde’s fingers as he moves to and away from the screen. In addition, this video shows the faceplate’s 5.4” ultrawide touchscreen in action. The widescreen gives you plenty of aspect ratio viewing options, and we learn that it is easy to select between different aspect ratios. Also of the note is the use of the JVC KS-U30 iPod adapter, which connects the head unit to the iPod for iPod video playback.

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Eclipse CD3414 In-Dash Car Stereo

CD3414GBy Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Are you looking for a great car stereo that won’t break your budget? The Eclipse CD3414 is a steal of a deal at $74.99 with free shipping! This in-dash CD/MP3 player is one of the best values on our website. While most entry level head units only play CDs, this unit can also playback MP3s and WMAs. Besides, it also has a built-in AM/FM tuner with numerous presets for storing your favorite radio stations. When it comes to tuning, the dual rotary controls make it easy to navigate thru your music library. With the simple turn of a knob you can adjust the volume or to switch radio stations. This easy interface makes your driving experience safer and more convenient.

In terms of expandability, this unit has two sets of preamp outputs, making it easy to add amplifiers to your car stereo system. The built-in aux input gives you the option to connect a portable media player such as an iPod or iPhone. Just use the rear audio RCA input to add all of your favorite portable media devices. Eclipse stereos are know for their excellent sound quality. No matter what you add to this stereo, the sound quality is exceptional and rates off of the charts. The built-in equalizer has preset tone curves, so you can adjust the EQ based on the style of music you are listening to.

This sleek in-dash car stereo features a dot matrix LCD display for easy viewing of song titles and artists. The knobs and buttons are styled with green lighting, making for a flashy look. In this day and age, it is important to protect your aftermarket car stereo components against theft. This Eclipse stereo has a built-in Electronic Serial Number to prevent thieves from using it. This feature is intended to deter theft, and this unit even includes stickers warning of this feature. You can post these stickers on your vehicle to warn thieves that this unit is traced electronically.

This head unit is available at an unbeatable price. Make this stereo the centerpiece of your car stereo system and use it to power your speakers. This stereo has an internal amplifier that can provide 17 watts of RMS power by 4 separate channels. At a price of $74.99 with free shipping, you simply can’t go wrong–and this unit is definitely the right choice.

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Peripheral iPod Accessories

PXDPBy Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Now you can integrate your iPod with your factory stereo using the Peripheral PXDP universal iPod interface. This handy device enables you to control your iPod through the factory stereo controls. You can use the factory stereo faceplate to change tracks, skip forward or rewind through songs, and generally tweak any other playback controls. Unlike most external connection devices, this unit will produce CD sound quality. Also, it does not require any RF modulators. It simply connects the iPod through the CD port. Keep in mind that in order to use this device, your radio must be compatible with either a CD changer or Satellite radio.

If you would like to integrate your factory stereo with both an iPod and HD radio, check out the Peripheral PXAMG-A universal iPod Adapter and HD Radio interface. This is the ultimate expandability device, as it provides you an outlet for integrating your iPod, HD radio and many other portable media players. With this device, you will be able to use your factory stereo to navigate thru your music library. And the expansion possibilities are endless, as you can add MP3 players, satellite radio tuners, DVD players, GPS navigation units, and other portable devices through the additional aux inputs. Best of all, regardless of what playback option you use, the sound quality is absolutely tremendous. You will enjoy clear playback without the hiss or buzz of most iPod adapters. Best of all, it will not drain your iPod battery because it also acts as a charger, even when playing back music. It is important to note that in order to add this to your vehicle, your radio must be compatible with Satellite radio.

Both the PXAMG-A and the PXDP require a vehicle specific harness. We carry a multitude of vehicle specific iPod harnesses. These units enable you to add an Apple iPod input to your factory stereo. These harnesses are designed for luxury vehicles such as Mercedes, Lexus, Cadillac, as well as major brands such as Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Honda, and Toyota. Make sure you make a selection based on the make and model of your vehicle. In some cases you may need to know the year of your vehicle to make sure it fits within the compatibility range of the vehicle specific harness.

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Kinetik HC Power Cells

Kinetik HC Power CellsBy Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Kinetik batteries are dependable batteries built to provide power for all levels of car audio systems, from starter systems to competition vehicles. Kinetik HC power cells are featured in competition cars because they can provide a tremendous amount of power. Due to their high absorptive glass mat (AGM) design, battery acid is absorbed into glass mat markers to prevent leakage. These glass mat markers also split the lead plates which creates enhanced energy density.

Kinetik batteries can charge your car audio system better than most other car audio batteries. If your car audio system has high voltage demands, a Kinetik power cell is perfect for you. The Kinetik design team engineered these batteries with densely packed plate cells to enhance the energy density and mitigate heat and vibration damage. The HC16V features an innovative dual post design. This power cell can run at 12 volts or 16 volts, perfect for powering multiple amplifiers and components.

Their unique sealed valve design enhances the life span of these batteries. Because of this feature, you can keep these power cells can on the shelf without constantly monitoring the charge levels.  This sealed design also allows you to mount them anywhere in your vehicle. In terms of powering capabilities, these batteries are small yet powerful. The HC600 only weighs 14 pounds but it provides more power than one hundred one farad digital capacitors. If you want a bigger power cell, the HC1800 can provide enough power for even the loudest systems on the block. This 54 pound power cell will keep your system “thumping.”

How do figure out which Kinetik battery is right for your system? Compute the total wattage of your amplifiers by adding each amp’s wattage. Add 1000 if you are replacing your battery, but only add 500 if you are keeping it. Now that you’ve calculated this total system estimate, find a battery that carries at least this amount of wattage. In some cases you might need more than one battery to match the wattage. Depending on the application, you will need 0/4 gauge wire to connect the battery to your system. If you need an additional power source for your vehicle, the HC800 is a great choice as a lightweight race car battery or for powering amplifiers.

Finally, if you drive a Honda or a Mitsubishi and you need a replacement battery, the HC1400 is an ideal fit. This battery has a slim design, which makes it an easy fit for your vehicle. Despite is slight stature, it can provide a tremendous amount of current for your car audio system. You will love the way Kinetik batteries get your system powered up and ready to go!

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